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Busker and YouTube phenomenon Dovydas claims St. Armands as his stage.
SRQ Review | december 2021
STUDIO SHOT OF DOVYDAS, PHOTOGRAPH BY WYATT KOSTYGAN.
Several evenings a week, busker and YouTube (YT) phenomenon Dovydas moved into a crosswalk on St. Armands Circle. His production goes far beyond the typical acoustic street artist. It includes, in no particular order: electric guitar, pedal board, synthesizer, drum machine, Bose sound system, action cameras, headphones, a videographer (who happens to be his wife) and an assortment of microphones, stands, cables and stuff. To date, he has over a million YouTube subscribers worldwide and is recognized in almost every city he is in when traveling. It has a Wikipedia entry, referrals, and a growing collection of free equipment. You could argue that Dovydas is officially part of St. Armand’s entertainment lineup, that he’s been asked to perform his particular brand of jaw-dropping blankets, and that someone somewhere is writing him a check for the big crowds. that it attracts. But none of this is true. âI was a little harassed by the police,â he says, âbut I got to know the codes and the laws quite well. It gets pretty awkward for them when they try to cite me for a violation that doesn’t exist. However, it does make some good content on his YT channel. For the former competitor of a Lithuanian-born reality TV show (searched for “David Smash 2009” on YT), his rise to near-fame has taken a path outside the traditional machine of the industry. musical.
âI went on TV, I recorded an album and none of that worked. So I came to America to “be a big star,” he says in a parody of his Eastern European accent. He and his wife make a good living from advertising revenue from their millions of views. Still, there is still a mismatch between his internet fame and the real city he has lived in since 2012. âPlaying St. Armands has been great for me and I’m grateful to do it,â he says, âbut I J love to organize a real concert with a stage and permits with the help of the St. Armands Association.
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